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Lights, camera, action for a new Gwalia cinema group

Lights, camera, action for a new Gwalia cinema group

Cinemas opening Its 'lights, camera, action' for a new Gwalia cinema group which has been developed thanks to almost £4,300 from the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner's Fund.

Staff at Camfan, a Gwalia mental health drop-in centre in Lampeter, asked the service users what activities or events would benefit them and their families. Following some work behind the scenes, the titles are ready to roll on the first cinema club of the year.

Louise Jenkins, Camfan Team Leader, said: “Some had mentioned that they wished CAMFAN was open later and that we had other activities on, such as watching films.

“This would avoid them having to go home where some felt lonely, and provide an alternative to local pubs where people can enjoy the company of others in an alcohol-free environment. It was suggested that every fortnight we would host a family film.

“For Camfan service users this means that we can access affordable opportunities to socialise with individuals experiencing similar support needs as them in a friendly environment.”

Cinemas opening Camfan was nominated for the funding by local PCSO Ryan Jones to help improve the lives of the people supported by the project. Community projects are nominated by frontline police officers and Dyfed-Powys Police staff to help develop ideas and projects with a positive outcome for the area they serve.

Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “I’m delighted that the users and supporters of this drop-in centre will benefit from an innovative idea. My funding has helped as have strong community links between Camfan and local police officers.”